Tara Erraught

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Pianist John O’Conor at his home in Rathgar, Dublin 6. Photograph: Alan Betson

On Sunday night, pianist Dr John O’Conor will receive the NCH Lifetime Achievement Award 2017. The event will be a gala concert in honour of his uniqu(...)

Veronica Dunne: Ireland’s most influential singing teacher. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Tuesday, August 1st RTÉ CO/Robert Houlihan NCH, Dublin, 1.05pm, €12, nch.ie It’s all Russian fare as the RTÉ Concert Orchestra takes over the summe(...)

German organist Ansgar Wallenhorst is such a fan that he included no less than three improvisations in his recital at St Michael’s Church, Dún Laoghaire, on Sunday

Everyone improvises. It’s what we do when we speak spontaneously, or hold a conversation, or answer a question, save for politicians, who like to trot(...)

Mezzo soprano Tara Erraught, with the   RTÉ NSO/Gavin Maloney, at the NCH, Dublin, on Friday

Friday 14 Tara Erraught (mezzo soprano), RTÉ NSO/Gavin Maloney NCH, Dublin, 8pm €20-€45/€18-€40.50 nch.ie If your pocket stretches you can head abro(...)

David Kempster as Don Giovanni in   in a new translation of  Mozart’s opera  by Roddy Doyle and the Opera Theatre Company, as part of Dublin Theatre Festival 2016

Don Giovanni ★★★★ Gaiety Theatre Roddy Doyle’s new translation of Mozart’s Don Giovanni for Opera Theatre Company, his first full foray into the wo(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny will attend a number of official events to mark the events of 1916 and the role of Irish-America in the Rising. Photograph: Bloomberg

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is to travel to Washington DC on Tuesday to attend the biggest events outside Dublin to commemorate the Easter Rising. Mr Kenny(...)

The production zips along thanks to carefully drawn characters, the conductor’s pacing and the vocal commands of the leads

The Barber of Seville National Opera House, Wexford ★★★★★ Gioachino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville (Il barbiere di Siviglia) is a young person’s o(...)

Gavan Ring on The Barber of Seville: “To sing Rossini, I tell ya, you’d be sweating at the end of it”

In the taxi on the way to meet baritone Gavan Ring (28), from Kerry, I find myself telling the driver who I’m off to see. “I don’t believe you,” he s(...)

Conductor Nicholas McGegan: well-heeled Americans follow him around

How much music can you fit into a lifetime? How often can you hear the pieces or performers that thrill or move you the most? How easy is it to expan(...)

NI Opera’s staging of Puccini’s “Turandot”: set in a kind despotic oriental factory, it benefits from striking designs by Rebecca Ringst and Ingo Krügler

God knows what Gerald Barry might come up with if he were ever given a chance to design a fairground ride. There’s a fair chance he might want to desi(...)

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